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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial stout aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and ancho chili peppers.

ABV varies by batch.

Added by MinorThreat on 05-29-2013

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz Brown bottle with no wax so was probably bottled spring of 2014. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours dark as motor oil with a tan head that recedes into a thin ring

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, vanilla and a whole lot of roasted aroma

Taste: An incredible blend of all the flavors mentioned in the aroma with a well balanced spice throughout

Mouthfeel: Creamy and just thick enough; the carbonation really tickles the tongue

Overall: I've had this a few times on draft and now I'm excited to crack a bottle to review. This is perhaps still the only chili beer I have had that I will enjoy to have again. Upon opening the bottle you are quickly greeted by all the ingredients with aromas of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla beans with all these working in perfect unison. This is even more demonstrated in the flavor with a blend of all these with a persistent chili spice that is persistent throughout and stays right in the back of your mouth. Most impressive is how hidden the alcohol is with little to no booziness in the finish.

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Photo of ubenumber2
4.9/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into a tulip , poured it fast and hard thinking the high abv wouldn't make much head but it shot up a huge deep dark brown head , the beer is as black as it can get , dark with lots of lacing

The smell is straight forward chocolate , almost like opening up a chocolate bar and taking a big whiff ,the coffee is faint for me but it is there lurking in the back. Very nice

Thick and heavy on the tongue , goes down nice and smooth , very filling

The flavor is knock your socks off good , would never guess this thing is 14% at all , the alcohol is hidden very well in this. Picking up on chocolate and super rich malty flavor with slight hints of coffee then the peppers kick in for the aftertaste and leave a slight burn on the tongue and the back of the throat

Over all this is a homerun in my book. Prairie just keeps impressing me with their brews. I need to get my hands on more of this

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Photo of AmgineDanus
4.89/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Roasted malts, coffee, molasses, and hermit bars baking in the oven greet the nose, followed by a touch of smoke and licorice. Taste is a blast of waffles covered in maple syrup, followed by gustatory incarnations of the scent. A warm scintilla of booze and chilli pepper linger on the tongue... alcohol is well hidden for a 13 percenter. Mouth feel is a bit thinner than the flavor might suggest, but leaves nothing to be desired. One of the best stouts I've ever had, barrel-aged or not.

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Photo of Mattygross44
4.89/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You get the smell of the chili peppers right off the bat this beer gets better as it warms really nice sharp bite at the start followed by a coffee smooth taste that follows for me. Glad i picked up 4 bottles

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Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.89/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

p- black as night
n- bold roast, smooth pipe tobacco, hints of vanilla and chile spice; stands out for sure; inviting
t- wow! big coffee and roast mingles with vanilla/cacao sweetness throughout; finishes subtle chile heat; some lingering bitterness; nice complexity; alcohol is very well-hidden
mf- full-bodied with med-high carb; sticky, yet slick
o- nearly flawless! very happy I had the opportunity to grab this when I saw it

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours from the bottle a dark reddish brown. Creamy milk chocolate head that lingers for a bit. Heavy lacing. Smells of chocolate, coffee and malt, with a hint of chili pepper. The chocolate and coffee explode on the tongue with noticeable alcohol. The peppers give a nice tingle. There's a nice bitterness to this. Nice and oily, it coats the tongue without being particularly thick. This is a superb beer. I liked the characteristics the rum barrels gave to Pirate Bomb! a bit more, but this is one you grab every time you can find it.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a dark black color with an off white head. Thick oily goodness.
Smells of vanilla, coconut, chocolate powder, and roasted malt. Inviting aroma to say the least. It's readily apparent in the nose that this is a great beer.
In the taste, hazlenut, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, mild spice, wood, char, toast, molasses, and a fair hop bitterness. A little alcohol comes through. Full bodied, smooth drinkable brew. This is delicious. Not much else needs to be said. Overall this is a big beer that is awesome.

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Photo of RMelyon
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really coats the glass. Even a decent amount of the carbonation bubbles slowly crawl back down towards the liquid after swirling. Interesting.

I get mostly green/red pepper on the nose. Didn't smell bad, but made me anticipate a lot of pepper on the tongue.

The taste really blew me away, and was almost nothing like the nose. The regular decent stout flavor quickly fades into the vanilla. Lots and lots of delicious vanilla. No alcohol on the finish. I also expected some spiciness because of the chiles, but there was none.

Overall, one of the 10 best beers I've ever had. I'll buy more next year.

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Photo of alex_hart
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

First of 6 bottles purchased. Poured into a St. Bernardus Waton glass.

Appearance: Pitch black motor oil with a thin mocha head that dosnt stay for long (unsurprisingly at 14% abv).

Smell: Man this smells incredible. Roasted coffee, vanilla, hints of chocolate, and a little twinge of spice.

Taste: Dark roasted coffee and vanilla upfront. The chocolate comes in strong in the middle and the spice from the chili peppers dosnt make its appearance until the very back of the tongue on the swallow. You actually get the feeling in your throat as if you just ate a jalepeno.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy. Perfect for this style and perfect for the flavor profile. The spicy, tingly feeling in the throat is also extremely enjoyable (i love spicy).

Overall: There is quite a bit of hype surrounding this beer even though it was released for the first time so recently and is already out in most places. And every bit of that hype is warrented. One of my absolute favorites to date (thank God I have 5 more!)

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Photo of Benish
4.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is exceptional. Poured into snifter glass. Jet black with no translucence while pouring. Appeared viscous and rich with minimal head. Aromas were dominantly peppers. It was smokey, festive and somewhat charred. Also tons of chocolate. Upon sipping this, I instantly tasted the chilies. Its perfect, the spiciness is present but not overpowering like many other spicy beers. It hangs around in the mouth and quickly fades away before you take another sip. Also pick up plenty of chocolatly goodness. Its thick and full bodied. Overall this beer is incredible. Everything is perfect with exception the coffee seems to be bit faded. Probably because there's just so much flavor that I'm not skilled enough to pick up the coffee.

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Photo of BWood
4.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Honestly one of my top five beers. Extreamly drinkable. Great taste and full body. I find nothing wrong with this beer. I'm glad my local shop has this on the regulars so I can get. It whenever I need.

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Photo of Norvelljeff
4.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This stuff is really good. Dark in color with a little hints of the peppers but nothing to overpowering. I really enjoy this and would drink it again.

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Photo of nightswatch
4.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Placeholder review for now. But MY GOD, this is one of the best beers ever created. The amount of flavor is just over the top, and unexpected in many ways. For those used to stouts with huge malt and booze from bourbon barrels, the nuance in this one might knock your taste buds around. So delicious, so good, grab every bottle you see (even at ~$10 for a single 10 oz)!

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Photo of AdamF625
4.86/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A-pours dark brown to black with a thin mocha head that fades quickly.
S- dark chocolate, hot peppers, burnt coffee, vanilla bean, cocoa nibs, smokey campfire as it warms
T- vanilla bean, dark chocolate, roasted hot red peppers, cocoa powder
M- silky smooth, thick body and medium carbonation. The cocoa and vanilla really stick to your palate making your crave more
O- beyond impressed with this brew. Everything ingredient they claim to put in it you can pick out in an instant. Blends together wonderfully for a special treat.

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Photo of themind
4.86/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer really is a treat! Dark blast of chillies and coco had a nice balance. The beer was not very hot in terms of the peppers shining thru. The brew was smooth and I absolutely would buy it if I saw it. I would seek this, store this, drink this as much as possible.

Bottom Line: Boom!

P.S the ABV is totally hidden!

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Photo of Daileyg13
4.86/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter at The Beef & Brew in Geneva, NY. This was my first time having this beer on draft and I think it is a bit spicier on draft.
Smell- Vanilla, slight chocolate, coffee with a hint of peppers.
Taste- Tons of Vanilla up-front fading to coco and chilis. The pepper is subtle if you sip the beer but a larger swig results in a bit more burn.
Finish- Balanced and smooth, so smooth that you barely notice the heat that is often times associated with a 14%ABV beverage.

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Photo of joberlander
4.86/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

pitch black with very dark mocha colored head that disappears almost instantly. Tons of aroma flavors coming through. Coffee, dark chocolate, hint of smoke, slight sweetness coming through. The coffee and chocolate come through in the front of the mouth, and a slight heat comes through on the back end. The mouth feel is a little lighter than I expected, on the lighter side of full. Overall, one of the best imperial stouts I've had. So much going on and it's nice to drink a top tier stout that isn't BBA.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured like old motor oil, yet it seemed thin
Minimal head retention, gone in 10 seconds
Smelled big and sweet ("molassesy"), not boozy. Slight coffee
Very balanced taste with chocolate, coffee, vanilla undertones. The peppers give it a great after taste (minimal).
Excellent brew!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Metallic Blue Waxed bottle poured in to snifter.

A - Deep black with a thin layer of light brown head that reduced to a ring around the edges.

S - Intense coffee and vanilla aromas at first with cocoa, roast and a faint hint of spice.

T - Dark roasted coffee, cocoa nib and roast are complimented by sweet vanilla with just a touch of chilli spice in the finish. Incredibly drinkable for 14%.

M - Full body. Thick and viscous. Light carbonation.

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Photo of JoeyStats707
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What an amazing brew, this never fails to put a smile on my face. The peppers balance perfectly with the coffee, cacao nibs and vanilla. This may be the best most easily obtainable stout.

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Photo of Elprico
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-Pours jet black with a thin, tan head that reduces pretty quickly.

S-Wow. Just tons of coffee that unrolls to reveal vanilla and chili peppers. The focus is mainly coffee here, but the subtle flavors is what makes it stand out.

T-Just like the smell, this beer unrolls itself slowly. The espresso beans hit you immediately and at first feel like it will dominate the flavor, but the vanilla begins to mellow the flavor out and the chili peppers are most evident in the aftertaste and after a couple of small sips.

M-Thick, creamy, velvety. It's a thick beer, but not overly so. The carbonation is great.

O-A rarity, and understandably so. Although Prairie obviously wants to stand out with more Farmhouse flavors, it's clear they had fun with and tweaked this recipe to near perfection. Balanced and beautiful. A must try if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a crazy beer, smell is unreal, taste is so complex and literally takes you through all the flavors it and strong vanilla right off the top, bit of chocolate sweetness and then a very subtle afterburn from the chilli peppers.i am a huge stout fan and this is up there with bcbs and founders breakfast stout.absolutely lived up to the hype.special.

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Photo of ihazabucket7
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer was amazing. You get the pepper smell right away and the cocoa. But the taste is smooth, chocolaty, sweet not boozy at all for a high ABV beer. Buy this if you can!

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

an oil spill in a glass! a thick black pour with a finger of dark brown head. slight amounts of creamy lacing. vanilla and coffee bean aroma hits you with an incredibly delicious scent.. hints of cinnamon, lots of cocoa, very roasty. as it warms up you can get subtle chili notes as well.
the flavor is an amazing roasty .. BOMB! tons of roasted grains and coffee bean roasted bitterness up front, followed up by tons of sweet vanilla notes, lots of cocoa, and finishes with a very subtle chili flavor. this is fantastic. you can barely make out any booze from the abv, which is shocking at 14%.
full, thick body with low carbonation. this is a nice and creamy stout.

honestly, i now get the hype. this is a fantastic beer. my first from prairie, and i'm glad i have another bottle to enjoy later on. this one was fresh (the blue wax), and i have a yellow wax to age. can't wait to see how this turns out.

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Photo of W_Des
4.85/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The coffee and chocolate are the strong players in the nose and they just hit you you hard. It is a fantastic nose and gets better as it warms. The body has delicious chocolate, coffee and vanilla notes blending together in a great way. The chili finish is very subtle. I would have wanted more but then I would just have Mexican Cake instead. Fantastic stout!

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